Modern feminist political activists commonly campaign for a woman’s right to bodily integrity and autonomy on matters such as reproductive rights including the right to abortion, access to contraception and quality prenatal care, for protection from domestic violence, against sexual harassment and rape, for workplace rights including maternity leave and equal pay, and against other forms of discrimination. These concerns do not always match with those of the classical feminists because the world has got many changes with the pace of time and so the demands of humankind in general and those of women in particular have been different and new in congruity with the time and place. Women are forced to believe in and cope up with their limitations fabricated by the society controlled by men. Simone de Beauvoir invokes in the famous first sentence in part two of The Second Sex (1949), “One was not born a woman; rather, one becomes a woman” (qtd. in Barry 130).
Chicana’s experienced machismo within the Chicano Movement because they were seen useful only to perform sexual activities or support the men. The third issue women dealt with was wanting to have access to free and safe abortions, free child care, and birth control. Chicana feminist’s challenged sexism and cultural nationalism by writing
Abortion is a controversial topic that has been shaped by a great deal of issues and debates that have been created. In today’s society, abortion may seem convenient and benefit millions of men and women, but they are abused by many who use them as a contraceptive. Regardless of these accessible benefits and feelings of empowerment by having reproductive rights, this promotes a throwaway culture, shows the amount of irresponsibility had with these men and women, and is the murder of a human life; nevertheless, abortions should still be available for women who get raped or if their baby will not survive but for a few hours after birth, or if the mother cannot physically have the child. Abortions have numerous harmful effects and should be regulated
Unfortunately, after many years of agony and disparity, the war for equality has not yet been conquered. This spirit of the constant urge of equality must be rewarded because women deserve the same rights as men. Women are the reason every single human being is alive, regardless, they are still considered as inferiors since the beginning of recorded history, with a few exceptions. One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to “promote gender equality and empower women. Although the MDGs were created to raise awareness of the problem, a recent MDG Progress Report indicates that there still remains a huge gap to closing gender equality worldwide.
After a long research of different scholars and institutional officers, I came up with the following list of possible solutions for achieving effective sustainable gender equality. 1. Re-shaping and influencing social norms Undoubtedly, the bigger obstacles to gender equality are current social norms and gender-based discriminatory stereotypes. It is the duty of national and international leaders to influence and re-shape these norms so engrained in our world, and to do so they must: a. Reform legislation: Discriminatory laws should be eradicated while laws protecting women should be introduced.
Abortion Purpose: Abortion is a topic that triggers my emotions. This is because I believe that it is despicable and utterly disgusting that people believe their personal convenience is more valuable than one 's right to live. The purpose of this transactional writing is to try analyze and evaluate some of the most common arguments used in support of abortion. Since Roe vs Wade, 1973 over 54 million abortions have been performed in the USA. Pro choice supporters claim they support abortion because they believe in the woman 's right to choose.
Oyeronke Oyewumi, who is a strong advocate of the notion of motherhood, asserts that the notion in the African context goes further than simply birthing and rearing children, in that, ‘mothers are the essential building blocks of social relationships, identities and indeed society because a mother Symbolizes; familial ties, unconditional love and loyalty’ (Oyewumi, 2000: 17). For these writers, the African woman’s position is one that is cherished and revered by the community. This view is in sharp contrast to the dominant perspective within western feminism. The western feminist account of motherhood reduces it to be subordinated, disadvantaged and oppressed. African feminists strongly reject this perception and claim that a mother’s power over the infant and recognition as primary care givers grants them an indirect power and authority over the society.
However these goals are far realized in a country like India. In fact often women in India are deprived of their fundamental right to leave alone the question of gender equality. The present paper explores the questions central to women’s right in India that is fundamentally in nature. The article attempts to grapple with the few challenges faced by the women in India like the dowry, female foeticide, denial inheritance. The objective of the paper is to evolve strategies to empower women who are as beings as men are.
MEDIA AND SOCIAL ISSUES: FEMINISM INTRODUCTION TO FEMINISM WHAT IS FEMINISM? Feminism is a widely known movement that aims to obtain equal rights for women. People who support this movement are known as ‘feminists’. These feminists campaign to fight for countless issues such as equal pay for their work, fair employment opportunities, the right to education, and so on. Oakley (1981) said that, “Ultimately any feminism is about putting women first; it is about judging women’s interests (however defined) to be important and to be insufficiently represented and accommodated within mainstream politics/academia.” Although the definition stated above implies putting men second, Mayes (1986) claims that only by ‘putting women first’ may we redress
They are; a. The Programme of Action of the 1993, UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) b. The 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for action. (UN Fourth World Conference on women). THE NIGERIAN REALITY Despite the available national, international and regional laws protecting women’s reproductive rights, Nigerian women are still largely unable to control their reproductive rights and these rights are often violated.